Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a common episode in pediatric patients with severe motor and intellectual disabilities (SMID) and occasionally leads to a severe clinical state accompanied with nausea, hematemesis, melena, wheezing, pneumonia, anemia and/or failure to thrive. We report here a case of a 14-year-old male with Lennox syndrome who had been treated with a histamine H2 blocker intravenously or via a nasogastric tube for repeated gastric hemorrhage due to severe GER. Since his gastric hemorrhage became resistant to the H2 blocker, we decided to replace it with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Although lansoprazole can be decapsulated for administration via a nasogastric tube, it tends to block fine tubes. The acid-sensitive drug omeprazole, another oral PPI, is commercially available as enteric-coated tablets. Therefore, we pulverized the tablets and administered omeprazole, mixed with a small amount of antacid, via a nasogastric tube. The patient's gastric hemorrhage was dramatically improved. Thus, administration of pulverized omeprazole concomitantly with antacid via a fine nasogastric tube may provide a novel approach for the treatment of chronic GER in pediatric patients with SMID.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Nov|
- Gastric hemorrhage
- Nasogastric tube
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)